The Peccary is a medium-sized mammal, hailing from South and Central America and occasionally found in North America. They are also known as the skunk pig and they belong to the New World pig’s family. There are a reported three to four variations of the species, found in South and Central America.
They resemble a stereotypical pig, in that they have a similar snout, head and eyes. Like the common pig, they also use only two digits for walking. Their stomach is non-ruminating, with three chambers in its stomach, different from regular breeds.
The breed are omnivores, eating anything from insects, to small animals, fruits, roots and grasses The peccary breed, unlike their European relatives, have short, straight tusks. They use these tusks to deter predators, by rubbing them together to create an off-putting, chattering sound.
The breed have a distinct coat, consisting of peppered black, grey, and brown hair with a lighter coloured "collar" around the shoulders. They are known to have offspring at any time of year, with litters usually around two to three piglets in size. They can live in all kinds of habitats, from rainforests to scrubs to anywhere really!
They are known sometimes as the skunk pig, due to the aroma they emit to mark their territory. It is strong enough to travel for miles and be picked up by the human senses. Generally, peccaries weigh from 20 to 40kgs at maturity, and up to 130cms in height.
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